Richmond fencer wins Commonwealth gold

Dynamo's Lucas Sings wins Cadet foil competition in England

It’s been a golden summer for Richmond fencer Lucas Sings.

The Dynamo Fencing Club member represented Canada at last month’s 2018 Cadet and Junior Commonwealth Championships in Newcastle, England. Sings entered the Cadet (U17) men’s foil competition as the 31st seeded and proceeded to go unbeaten in his round-robin matches. This ranked him No. 3 for the elimination round.

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The soon-to-be Grade 11 McMath student then proceeded to five more matches to stand on top of the podium, defeating opponents from New Zealand, England and three of his Canadian teammates.

Sings’ medal haul also included a bronze in the cadet men’s foil team event. He was among 25 athletes selected to the Canadian team for Commonwealth Championships which also featured competitions in foil, epee and sabre. The tournament is held every three years. \More local flavour saw Richmond own’s Elizabeth Douglas win bronze in Junior Women’s Team Epee. She also trains at Dynamo which is located in East Richmond.

Sings initially was coached by Eric Boise and now works with Simon Stavisskii. This past year was his first season on the High Performance program of the Canadian Fencing Federation, which includes training on average 18 hours a week and attending a number or national and international tournaments.

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